The best workouts inspired by athletes01-12-2022
The best workouts inspired by athletes
Getting high-quality exercise is essential, no matter who you are. We all need to move our bodies to stay fit and healthy, but workout techniques can differ depending on age, stature and fitness goals. Nowadays, there are countless types of exercise to take advantage of, and social media platforms such as TikTok and Instagram have an abundance of personal trainers looking to sell their routines. While these can be beneficial, taking cues from athletes is the best tactic.
For example, men looking to bulk out their physique and build muscle should look to NFL athletes for vital inspiration. As avid sportsbook fans will tell you, players like Aaron Donald are surefire bets for tackles and sacks. The main reason why? His incredible physique. Other NFL picks include Russell Wilson, who allegedly spends $1m annually to keep his body in shape.
But working out isn’t just about building muscle. It can also be highly beneficial for people looking for added mobility and improved general health and for cutting fat. Keep reading as we explore some of the best exercises endorsed by professional athletes. We’ll have something for everyone, regardless of your overall fitness goals.
Live simply, train hard
How does anyone build fitness to the point where they are running over 140 miles per week and completing marathons in under two hours? Eliud Kipchoge, widely regarded as the greatest long-distance runner of all time, has the key to this knowledge. It’s pretty straightforward, as it turns out, with the legendary Kenyan saying: “I believe in a calm, simple, and low-profile life. You live simply, you train hard”.
The runner elaborated in an interview with Men’s Health magazine, where he focused on the importance of happiness, serenity and focus in his workout regime. These are important if you’re really looking to push yourself when exercising.
Don’t underestimate the power of press-ups and sit-ups.
TikTok and Instagram are full of personal trainer videos in fancy gyms or picturesque beach settings. Don’t be fooled into thinking you need the best equipment or facilities to make a difference with your workouts. In fact, simple things you can do at home, such as press-ups and sit-ups, can be incredibly effective.
You would be hard-pressed to find an athlete who doesn't regularly incorporate press-ups and sit-ups in their workout routine. There are several variations to explore if the classic ways of doing the exercises are no longer challenging.
Lift weights, but with a purpose
Lifting weights is the best workout method for building muscle mass, but it isn’t just as simple as picking up the dumbbells. For one, you must always be extremely careful to maintain correct form and technique when lifting, especially with routines like deadlifts or bench presses. Without doing so, you can end up with a serious muscle injury.
Additionally, lifting weights must be tailored to what you want to achieve. Soccer and football players concentrate on building muscle in their legs to aid in running and overall power. This is very different from a shot putter, who will concentrate on bulking the arms and chest. Before devising a regime, take a minute to decide on your overall muscle-building goal. This will make all the difference.
Don’t forget about yoga
Yoga isn’t often seen as a traditional workout technique, especially by close-minded fitness enthusiasts simply looking to build muscle. Don’t make this mistake. World-beating sportsmen like Novak Djokovic have an interesting and holistic workout schedule, as seen on his recent visit to Marbella. Yoga is central to this, loosening his body and strengthening his joints to aid greater mobility and physical robustness.
So take a leaf out of the 21-time Grand Slam winner’s book and set out on your own yoga odyssey. The mental and physical benefits are unparalleled, especially for people with workout restrictions due to age or injuries.
The ripped UK heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua had much to learn after his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019. Despite his god-like physique, the Mexican slugger knocked out the previously unbeaten boxer. It led him to change his workout routine, favouring boxing practice over lifting heavy weights that enabled his brute power.
Shadowboxing was one of the key components of his newfound routine, leading to two subsequent wins against Ruiz. It’s fantastic for endurance and builds muscle in the arms, chest and core. The improved reaction speeds and focus experienced by those who practice shadowboxing are additional benefits.
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